Canadian poultry and pork company Olymel is investing CA$10 million to expand its primary poultry processing plant at St-Damase, Quebec.

The expansion includes the installation of an air chilling room and increased production capacity.

According to a press release from the company, the added capacity will help Olymel better serve its clientele, including the rotisserie chicken sector and the retail distribution sector.

"This major investment in our St-Damase plant reflects the dynamism of the poultry sector. Olymel will soon be announcing another major investment at its Brampton, Ontario poultry further processing facility. Our company is equipping itself to better meet demand from its customers by boosting its production capacity, which also benefits the entire poultry sector in Quebec. In terms of volume, thanks to its network of facilities and its business partnerships, Olymel is now the No. 1 poultry processing company in Canada. This new investment in St-Damase and projects elsewhere in the poultry sector, both completed and planned, will also help to consolidate our presence on the markets, while generating important spinoffs for poultry producers," said. Olymel President and CEO Réjean Nadeau.

The expansion work, which will begin around May 15, will add 15,000 square feet to the plant in St- Damase, bringing its total area to over 95,000 square feet. The expansion is expected to be completed in September.

The facility, which was completely rebuilt in 1997 after a fire, employs more than 350 employees on two shifts. Ten jobs will be added along with the expansion.